We are full force into baby food in our house. It took a little while for Max to get used to the textures but now he's excited to try new things. Like a baby bird with his mouth open, he sits and waits until I spoon in the next bite. Since we've started solids as a dinner time thing, the evening extra bottle of breast milk has gone away. Our new evening ritual is to strip down to his diaper for dinner, he gets one veggie and half a fruit helping. I let him explore feeding himself. More times the food ends up in his hair or on me but he is learning and getting better at putting the spoon in his mouth. Then it is bath time, a book and finally he nurses before bed. Before we started solids it was pretty much the same routine except he'd nurse before bath and then get a bottle before bed. Usually after he'd finish off his bottle, he'd cry out for more. I'd let him top himself off on the breast and then he'd be ready for bed. Now he seems much more satisfied and zen before bed. I like that. :)
This week we started gouter. Or as the French call afternoon snack time. Traditionally this around 4-5pm, kids will have an after school snack of tartines of nutella, a fruit and a bowl of milk or juice. Of course, we'd like to stick to the tradition of nutella and baguette that my husband grew up with. But it's a little too early for Max to try nutella. Though Max is all about the baguette! So for now we are going to stick with fruit purée. This week we had banana and prunes. Also, gouter is my way of transitioning through the late afternoon nap (or nap #3) for Max. I can see that it is starting to phase out already! Soon, I'd like to have gouter while we are on our afternoon walks. Maybe I'll start a gouter group where we can meet up with other kids and have gouter in a park in Paris.
This weekend I am visiting a friend and am hoping to get inspired on new "dishes" I can make for Max. I've had a few hits but mostly misses making my own food for Max. But I'm inexperienced and am still learning. For now, Max has been eating organic baby food I found at my local bio marché. I've also started getting an organic basket of fruits and vegetables from Le Campanier every week in an effort for Julien and I to eat better. I know I that will give me ideas for new purées to try out on Max.
Mama's milk is still his main source of nutrition. And I can tell he prefers that over everything else. I don't blame him! :)
Veggies Max loves:
On our to try list:
Tofu (in cubes)
What foods have you been feeing your babies or fed your babies in the past? When did you start giving them actual bits to try to eat? I ask this because I can tell that Max is more interested in feeding himself then being fed by Mama.